Avvy Go

Avvy Go2017-03-03T17:10:42+00:00
  • Avvy Go

Avvy GoAvvy Go is the Clinic Director of Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and has served in that role since 1992.  Since her call to the Bar, Avvy has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income immigrants with linguistic and other barriers in accessing the legal system.  She was a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is currently a part time adjudicator of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.  Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much of her time in community organizing and advocacy work. 

 

Previous Work Experience

• Staff Lawyer, Parkdale Community Legal Services (1991-1992)
• Staff Lawyer, East Toronto Community Legal Services (1991)
• Legal Researcher, Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (1990-1991)
• Articling Student, Weir & Foulds (1989-1990)
• Acting Executive Director, Chinese Canadian National Council  (Summer, 1988)
• Legal Researcher, Ontario Human Rights Commission (Summer, 1987)

 

Achievements

• Recipient of City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Human Rights Award (2008)
• Recipient of Women’s Law Association of Ontario President’s Award (2002)
• Appointed to various governmental as well as institutional bodies in advisory role over the years.
• Currently serving as a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Human Rights Museum, the Advisory Council Member of York University Centre for Education and Community and the Director’s Resource Committee of the Special Investigations Unit
• Extensive litigation experience (including test case litigation) and have appeared before numerous administrative tribunals as well as various levels of Courts
• Extensive public speaking experience as guest lecturer at various universities and community colleges and as presenter at numerous conferences and workshops organized by various legal and other institutions including the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, University of Toronto (Faculty of Law), Osgoode Hall Law School, University of Ottawa (Faculty of Law), Indigenous Bar Association, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario, Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario, among others
• Published articles in legal publications as well as in mainstream media and community based publications
• Extensive involvement in various community groups and networks over the years including: Founding member and Steering Committee Member of the Colour of Poverty Campaign, Vice-Chair of the Court Challenges Program of Canada, Board Member of Social Planning Council of Metro Toronto, Advisor of Ethno-racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario, Board Member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and President of Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto Chapter)
• Extensive media communications experience

 

Education

• LL.M. Constitutional Law Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, awarded 1999
• LL.B. (Bachelor of Law), Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, awarded 1989
• B.A. (Dean’s Honours List) with a double major in Economics and Management Science, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, awarded 1986

 

Called to the Ontario Bar

• 1991